Re: C.O.L.A. Newcomer FAQ and Primer

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    On Sep 26, 1:52 pm, chrisv <> wrote:
    > Mercury wrote:
    > >I tried Linux, I really did. The time I spent trying to get it to work can
    > >be measured in days. It the end, Linux failed to work for me.

    > Seems that most of your "real" problems are due to a lack of support
    > for somewhat "oddball" hardware. Not everyone will having those
    > problems. You would not be those problems either, if you had selected
    > your hardware with Linux in mind.
    > Keep in mind that the Linux/OSS developers often have to painstakingly
    > reverse-engineer and code for a massive quantity of different
    > hardware, while Microsoft places much of that burden on the hardware
    > makers. That Linux/OSS should not be condemned because it doesn't
    > "nicely" support every possible hardware.
    > And hey, if Linux just isn't working-out for you, don't use it. Many
    > people have "good reasons" to stay with Windows, whether it's hardware
    > or software (applications). That's no reason to come into Linux
    > groups and complain how it's not working-out for you. Asking for help
    > is one thing, bitching and whining are something else.
    > From now on, I'll just say "see above" when you raise this type of
    > point.
    > >- Can't get TV working with my ATI All-In-Wonder card. (Works fine in XP) I
    > >can already hear the protests "It's ATI's fault." Well guess what? I don't
    > >care. It works with Windows and not with Linux. So I'll use Windows. Any
    > >normal person would come to the same conclusion.

    > See above.
    > >- Doesn't even acknowledge the existence of my dial-up modem. (Works
    > >perfectly in XP) Similar story as above. I don't care if it's the
    > >manufacturer's fault for not releasing Linux drivers. If it doesn't work in
    > >Linux, I won't use Linux.

    > See above.
    > >- A full third of the distros I tried came up with a blank screeen, either
    > >during install or on first boot. My monitor indicated "out of range". There
    > >is *no* excuse for this kind of behavior. If this were a high-school
    > >programming project, that right there would earn it an F.

    > See above.
    > >- I have a simple widescreen monitor but getting it to its native resolution
    > >was a PITA to say the least, and involved editing some stupid config file
    > >(xorg.conf) by hand. Again, no excuse for this. XP never had any issues with
    > >the monitor.

    > See above.
    > >- Simple 7-button mouse. (4 real buttons + clickable scroll wheel) Works in
    > >XP instantly, without the need to install any driver. To get it to work with
    > >Linux was an adventure, in the bad sense of the word.

    > See above.
    > >- This ludicrously stupid security paradigm where to do anything interesting
    > >(such as editing config files to get my mouse or monitor to work) I have to
    > >use "sudo". It's like Vista's UAC, but much much worse, since I can't simply
    > >continue after clicking a button, I have to drop to the command line and
    > >type in cryptic commands (prefaced by "sudo" of course) to accomplish what I
    > >should be able to do with with four mouse clicks.

    > With this point, you wander into troll territory.
    > Considering how rarely one must edit the system files (requiring the
    > use of sudo and/or entering the root password), it's not a "stupid
    > security paradigm" at all. Indeed, it's clearly superior to Windows'
    > "security paradigm", which seem to be either completely ineffectual,
    > or a user-nagging pain in the arse (UAC).
    > >- On that note, command line?!? Seriously?!? Hello Linux developers! The CLI
    > >went out of style sometime around '95. What the hell is it still doing in
    > >what's supposed to be a modern operating system? Okay, I could understand
    > >keeping it as a toy for the geeks to play with, but it's actually
    > >*necessary* to configure (read: fix) the system in many cases.

    > You are mistaken. The command line is a powerful tool, not to be
    > discounted. Even Microsoft has conceeded this point, with their new
    > "powershell".
    > Is having to type, ONCE, "sudo vi /etc/apt/sources.list" really that
    > horribly difficult for you?
    > >But the biggest, most important thing wrong with Linux is the so-called
    > >"Linux community". If you try to point out some flaw in Linux, they'll cry
    > >it's not a flaw, it's the way it's supposed to be, and *you're* the problem
    > >because you don't know how to use the OS properly. If you ask how to do
    > >something, more often then not you'll be told you don't *really* want to to
    > >that, you want to do this other thing which is more unfamilliar and
    > >complicated. Why? Because that's the "right way".

    > If you consider what is merely "different" or "unfamiliar" to be
    > "flawed", you would be wrong, and would deserve being corrected.
    > >(Of course, the way
    > >Windows does it is invariably the "wrong way", regardless of how easy or
    > >effective it is.)

    > Of course not. Are you just trolling, here?
    > >(snip further trolling)

    > I've not experienced what you claim to have experienced. What I've
    > experienced is that those who behave respectably are generally treated
    > with respect.
    > >Linux could easily beat out Windows if only the developers realize that what
    > >matters is user experience. It is telling that many Linux programs are
    > >command-line only. *Any* developer releasing such a program clearly has NO

    > Please provide examples of these alleged "command line only" programs
    > which bother you so much. Are they programs that a normal user would
    > ever use, and that have no GUI alternative or GUI front end?
    > I seriously doubt that you can name one that fits these parameters.
    > >Linux will never make it big until the community realizes that
    > >to make a system truly usable they *must* let go of their outdated and
    > >illogical notions of what a good OS, or good software, is.

    > >Thay won't, of course.

    > Wrong. They already have, which you would know, if you had tried any
    > of the modern "easy to use" distros.
    > >(snip troll)- Hide quoted text -

    > - Show quoted text -

    A perfect example of the *great* help you get from the Linux
    What it boils down to is:

    1. Blame the user.
    2. You are using the wrong distribution out of the 750 different
    versions of Linux that exist.

    Yea sure...

    And you fools wonder why Linux is so unpopular?

    Just look in the mirror at your own posts and you will have your
    , Sep 26, 2007
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